The Spirit of Painting: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Spirit of Painting: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado

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A beautiful book exploring the work of the artist Cai Guo-Qiang

This book accompanies Cai Guo-Qiang's recent exhibition at the Prado, the first in over thirty years to focus solely on his painting. In the lead up to the show, Cai transformed the Prado’s Salón de Reinos (Hall of Realms) into his temporary studio, undertaking a month-long residency. In this time, he has produced eight works on site, using local gunpowder sourced from the eastern region of Valencia. 

Widely illustrated with works from all periods of the artist's career, the book features some thirty of Cai Guo-Qiang's gunpowder paintings made with gunpowder, an oil and an acrylic created at the start of his career as a painter; and various sketches and drawings on matchboxes by his father, Cai Ruiqin, who steered him towards painting.

The catalogue includes texts and essays by Miguel Zugaza, Alejandro Vergara, Kosme Barañano and Cai Guo-Qiang himself, in which he reflects on his life and artistic career and on the principles and concerns that have governed the evolution of his work.
  • Hardcover: 184 pages | 112 illustrations 
  • Date published: March 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-8484804031
  • Product Dimensions: 34.7 x 25.4 cm

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